An increasing number of newly retired people are starting up businesses, using their wealth of experience and knowledge while taking advantage of government loan programs.

A cafe run by Yoshiaki Sato, 65, in a housing complex in the Wakaba area in Tachikawa in west Tokyo is kept busy serving local seniors as well as young people. The cafe, called Tekutaku, opened seven years ago.

"After retirement, I was more excited to do this than sitting around being bored," Sato said in a recent interview.